Charleston School of Law to enroll first-year students in the fall

MAY 22, 2015 — The Charleston School of Law will accept an incoming class of first-year students in the fall, according to a statement by the school.

05.08.schoolexterior“The Charleston School of Law will enroll a first-year class for the 2015-2016 academic year to continue its highly-regarded program of legal education and remain a part of Charleston’s higher education picture,” school spokesman Andy Brack said today.

“This announcement is possible as the result of a continued and additional cost-cutting initiative and the dedicated support of members of the Charleston school community.  The school’s landlords are cooperating with the school in efforts to consolidate facilities.  Also the school’s year-long effort to reduce the size of the faculty and staff to a level consistent with the reduced enrollment will continue and begin to have a budgetary impact in September.”

Since May 1, 2014, 24 staff members and four faculty members have left the school through buyouts, voluntary separation packages and attrition.  However, even with these right-sizing efforts, expenses still continued to outstrip revenues.  Therefore it became necessary to the school’s short- and long-term future to take the step of reducing the faculty by seven positions in the strategic right-sizing effort announced today.

“It’s been hard to lose these members of our staff and faculty, but it’s been a necessary business move to ensure that the size of the school is appropriate for the number of students we have,” Brack said.  “Our existing staff will be able to meet students’ needs as a number of functions have been consolidated.”

In addition to consolidating several facilities into its Mary Street location and the AT&T building on Meeting Street, the school has been working hard to right-size the school’s financial picture, just as law schools around the country have been doing due to lowered enrollments.

About the Charleston School of Law (www.CharlestonLaw.edu)

The Charleston School of Law offers students the unique opportunity to study the time-honored practice of law amid the beauty and grace of one of the South’s most historic cities, Charleston, South Carolina. Students at the Charleston School of Law study law as a profession and find a faculty focused on using the law as a calling in the public interest.  Faculty members devote their full attention to excellent teaching and scholarship, both in and out of the classroom.  Where traditions meet opportunity — that is Charleston and the Charleston School of Law.

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Dean’s letter highlights school’s values

Charleston School of Law President and Dean Andy Abrams sent a letter June 12 to incoming new students that highlighted the school’s values.  Click here to read full letter.  An excerpt:

“Our motto — pro bono populi (for the good of the people) — remains the same today as it was when we were founded and it continues to play a pivotal role in our direction.  Additionally, we remain focused on, and will continue, our efforts to constantly improve our facilities, technology, hands-on learning experiences, bar preparation and academic support.”

Whipper: InfiLaw would elevate diversity in S.C. legal system

By J. Seth Whipper
Published in The (Charleston) Post and Courier | read online

APRIL 29, 2014 — When I was 15, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By that time, I knew that I wanted to be a lawyer. I had grown up seeing how not having a lawyer caused misfortune for minorities across the county.

When I was 35, I graduated from North Carolina Central University Law School in Durham and became a lawyer, first with Legal Services, to help people who had few resources and needed a lot of help. Continue reading

King: InfiLaw purchase will bring diversity to S.C. Bar

By John Richard C. King Guest columnist, The State | April 29, 2014

Columbia, SC — In my dual roles as a state legislator and a first-year law student at the Charlotte School of Law, I have a different perspective than many of my legislative colleagues on the plans by InfiLaw to purchase the Charleston School of Law. That perspective tells me that this purchase should go forward and the Commission on Higher Education should grant InfiLaw a license to operate the Charleston School of Law.

The Charlotte law school is an InfiLaw school, and I am receiving a solid legal education there. Our professors are knowledgeable and approachable, my classmates are collaborative, and we have the opportunity to put our knowledge to use in our clinical program. This is the promise InfiLaw brings to the Charleston School of Law. Continue reading